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  1. My Vintage Sound 20 is configured so that it can run either 6v6 or 6L6 power tubes. I love the 5881 version of 6L6 in my Mesa Boogie Express 5:50+ and I've been wanting to see how they would do in the VS20. Months have gone by, but I finally got around to it. @Gitterman asked me to report back when I did, and I said I would, so here it is. I've been getting my tubes direct from Mesa Boogie with good success, and these were from my latest restock, a matched pair of MB 5881/6L6. The swap required a re-bias. The VS20 is super user-friendly, with bias points on the back panel and the bias pot very accessible, right between and behind the power tubes. The VS 20 manual says that using 6L6s might result in the amp sounding more sterile, and that was about right. The 5881s were definitely louder and cleaner, but made the amp sound boxy, like it needed a bigger cabinet and maybe a 2x12 or 2x10 configuration to handle the extra oomph. It wasn't bad at all, and maybe if I had played with the bias to warm it up it might have been better, but I didn't really care for it as much as I like the sound of 6v6s in this amp. With 6v6s it has a profile like a Princeton with more clean headroom and a bigger, sweeter sound. There you have it. Promise kept.
  2. I love those 57 Classics. Great pickup. I have Lollar Imperials in my 550 and it is amazing, but I'm sure the 57 Classics are great too. Well done. I've never had a bad experience with Seths, but if you've found the sound, that's awesome.
  3. I have had a noisy tailpiece too so that could be it. that sound is not always easy to find or cure.
  4. LOL- I just realized that song is not My Favorite Things, but rather The Inchworm. Doh! I love them both as jazz waltzes (both in the Coltrane canon) and got them mixed up.
  5. I'll endorse the Lollar Imperial idea. I have Imperial low-winds on my 550 and they are great for that 50s-60s jazz sound that can also sustain and sing with the right settings.
  6. I've been playing 12s (I've even tried 13s) on my Heritage arch tops for years with no issues. My guitars are at least 10 years old, so maybe new ownership changed things to be more standardized for the stock non-arctop/non-custom models.
  7. thanks! Mesa Boogie 5:50 Express+ head into a 2x12 cab.
  8. My recording skills still need some work, but this came out ok. My Favorite Things on my H550 (which is one of those favorites). Only a couple of little issues in the recording mix, but be generous, I'm learning. It starts out mellow, then picks up, so wait for it....
  9. Welcome! The H-550 is a an under appreciated masterpiece of the Heritage line.
  10. Congratulations on owning one of my favorite amps of all time. The Liberty is a fantastic amplifier. Regarding tubes: You won't go wrong following Gitfiddler's advice above. He knows his stuff. While I don't own a Liberty, I've also had great success with Mesa Boogie tubes in several amps. Very reliable and high quality. I started using them when I got a Mesa Boogie amp, and then put them into other amps with very good results. As I understand it- MB doesn't manufacture them, but rather they source them and then rebrand them under the MB name. Seems like they do a good job of selecting and screening. I've never had a problem.
  11. tsp17

    NGD - H-140

    Nice! I've always wanted a 140
  12. Great! I played a silverface "67 or "68 DR once at a shop, and I still regret not buying it. I've never heard a sweeter sound. Congratulations.
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